3e SRD:Binding

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Enchantment (Compulsion) [Mind-Affecting]
Level: Sor/Wiz 8
Components: V, S, M
Casting time: One minute
Range: Close (25 ft. + 5 ft./2 levels)
Target: One living creature
Duration: See text (D)
Saving Throw: Will negates (see text)
Spell Resistance: Yes

A binding spell creates a magical restraint to hold a creature. The target only gets an initial saving throw if its HD is equal to at least half the character's caster level.

The character may have up to six assistants help the character with the spell. For each assistant who casts suggestion, the character's caster level for this casting of the spell increases by +1. For each assistant who casts dominate animal, dominate person, or dominate monster, the character's effective level increases by a number equal to one-third that assistant's level (provided the target is appropriate for the spell). All the assistants must join in chanting the spell (see the details on the spell's verbal component, below). The character's caster level determines whether the target gets an initial Will saving throw and how long the binding lasts. All binding durations are dismissible.

The binding spell has six versions. Choose one of the following versions when the character casts the spell.

Chaining: The subject is confined by restraints that generate an antipathy spell affecting all creatures who approach the subject, except the character. Duration is one year per caster level. The subject of this form of binding is confined to the spot it occupied when it received the spell.

Slumber: Brings a comatose sleep upon the subject for up to one year per caster level. The subject does not need to eat or drink while slumbering, nor does it age. Reduce the spell's save DC by 1.

Bound Slumber: A combination of chaining and slumber that lasts for up to one month per caster level. Reduce save DC by 2.

Hedged Prison: The subject is transported to or otherwise brought within a confined area from which it cannot wander by any means. The spell is permanent. Reduce save DC by 3.

Metamorphosis: The subject assumes gaseous form, except for its head or face. It is held harmless in a jar or other container, which may be transparent (the character's choice). The creature remains aware of its surroundings and can speak, but cannot leave the container, attack, or use any of its powers or abilities. The binding is permanent. The subject does not need to breathe, eat, or drink while metamorphosed, nor does it age. Reduce save DC by 4.

Minimus Containment: The subject is shrunk to a height of 1 inch or less and held within some gem or similar object or jar. The binding is permanent. The subject does not need to breathe, eat, or drink while contained, nor does it age. Reduce save DC by 4.

Regardless of the version of binding the character cast, the character can specify triggering conditions that end the spell and release the creature whenever they occur. These can be as simple or elaborate as the character desires (but the DM must agree that the condition is reasonable and has a likelihood of coming to pass). The conditions can be based on a creature's name, identity, or alignment but otherwise must be based on observable actions or qualities. Intangibles such as level, class, HD, or hit points don't qualify. Once the spell is cast, its triggering conditions cannot be changed. Setting a release condition increases the save DC (assuming a saving throw is allowed) by +2.

In the case of the first three versions of binding (those with limited durations), the character may cast additional binding spells to prolong the effect (the durations overlap). If the character does so, the target gets a saving throw at the end of the first spell's duration (even if the character's caster level was high enough to disallow an initial saving throw). If the creature succeeds at this save, all the binding spells it has received are broken.

Components: Specially made props suited to the specific type of binding (cost 500 gp), plus the spell requires gems worth at least 500 gp for each HD of the target.

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